Blepharis transvaalensis Schinz

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Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Masvingo road c. 5 km North of Mvuma

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Masvingo road c. 5 km North of Mvuma

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Masvingo road c. 5 km North of Mvuma

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Synonyms: Blepharis innocua sensu Eyles
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Procumbent perennial herb. Stems up to 35 cm long, more or less roughly hairy. Leaves more or less ovate-elliptic, 2-4.5 cm long, gland-dotted and hairless below or with a few hairs along the midrib, sparsely hairy above; margin entire, sometimes slightly rolled under. Flowers solitary. Bracts greenish to brown, sometimes with purple veins, oblong-elliptic to obovate-spathulate with long hairs on the midrib and among the apical bristles. Corolla blue to purple, with darker veins, 9-11 mm long; lip ovate-spathulate, hairy on both sides, 4-5 mm wide, lobes of same length, central lobe narrower than side lobes.
Notes: Note: this species is very similar to B. integrifolia and is distinguished from that species by the strongly recurved apical part of the bracts; the hairs on the bracts; the smaller corolla and the narrower lip.
Derivation of specific name: transvaalensis: from the Transvaal, South Africa
Habitat: In Acacia woodland, often around pans. Also on roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 10 April 2012
Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 13.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 18.

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 180 - 183. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 72.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Blepharis transvaalensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153950, retrieved 26 September 2017

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